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Report: Hazing Led to AD’s Failure to Report Abuse Charge

Tabatha Wethal

Parents said the accusation against a high school athletic director in Colorado of failing to report child abuse stems from a hazing incident, the CBS affiliate in Denver reported.

Multiple parents of students in the Jefferson County School District said it was a form of student hazing that led to a criminal charge against 40-year-old Craig Aukland of Chatfield Senior High School for failing to report child abuse or neglect, according to a KCNC-TV report.

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The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office said Chatfield Athletic Director Craig Aukland, 40, was cited for the misdemeanor charge on Aug. 27, because he is a mandatory reporter under state law.

Aukland is facing a misdemeanor charge and was put on paid administrative leave Tuesday. The school principal Chad Broer is also on administrative leave in connection with the investigation.

According to the summons and complaint obtained by KCNC-TV, the alleged incident took place at Chatfield High School on July 26. A school district spokesperson told the news station that “the situation centers on an event for a private baseball team of students who recently completed middle school.”

The spokesperson acknowledged Aukland had a direct relation to one of the accused students.

Aukland told KCNC-TV by phone that whatever happened, “had nothing to do with the school.” He declined to provide additional details, referring questions to his attorney, who did not respond to calls or messages from the news station, according to the report.

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